The PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited (SDP) is working with Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific), Emstret Holdings and Tag Energy to install and operate 30 satellite dishes powered by a solar system (1kW solar kits & LED light fittings). These satellite dishes have started to connect 30 remote health facilities in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province to the outside world via a satellite internet service.
Twenty installations have been completed in places that previously never had any regular method of communication with the outside world. The five-person installation team continues to push into some of the most difficult terrains in the country, deftly managing security challenges and tough conditions, often by small dinghies in crocodile-infested waters.
The installation team getting ready to visit another community to install the satellite dish.
SDP works across Western Province delivering development initiatives for the benefit of the people. Its programs are focussed in the areas of health, education, creating jobs and enabling infrastructure. These initiatives are closely aligned with the Western Province 5-Year Development Plan (for more information, visit www.pngsdp.org).
Several years ago, SDP invested in upgrading the telecommunications network to a 4G service but some coverage gaps remain. This “proof of concept” initiative will test a new, state-of-the- art technology to address these problems.
Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) is a next-generation broadband satellite operator that provides affordable, high-speed broadband access to Asia Pacific. Its new Kacific1 geostationary satellite uses the latest multi-beam space communications and ground technology to provide high-quality service to businesses, governments and communities.
Kacific’s high-throughput Ka-band satellite delivers internet connectivity throughout the Pacific and South East Asia (especially to underserved rural and suburban areas). These services foster greater internet usage, which in turn fuel economic growth and greatly improved populations safety and welfare (for more information, visit www.kacific.com.
The recently installed satellite dishes enable the Community Health Workers to access the internet via mobile phones to seek specialist medical advice from an on-call doctor based at Rumginae Hospital or organise life-saving medical evacuations on a Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flight. The new technology will also enable SDP’s Aerial Health Patrol medical teams to provide better support for these health facilities by receiving calls for medical advice and requests to assist with medical supplies at any time of the day and night.